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Photography and moving images today are intimately related within a common artistic language: those working with moving images often work simultaneously in the medium of photography, such that any differentiation between these media appears obsolete. The seeds of this seemingly fluid movement from one medium to the other, and the synergies that result, were already present in the origins of both photography and film.

The video art of the late 1960s and 1970s placed this interrelationship at the focal point of the art world and thus brought about its increased use as an artistic process.

On the surface, a work in moving images is determined by an aesthetic similar to that of photography. The cinematic way of seeing reflects the contemporary visual vocabulary of photography, and vice-versa. Within diverse artistic practices, some of the greatest challenges that exist still include the visualization of narrative, sequential, and serial seeing in processes of movement and action, as well as the integration of sound, voice, music, noises, text, etc. These elements resemble the explanatory texts and titles that accompany photo series. Conventionally, these texts provide explanatory information about the image, but like the sound track to moving images, texts have evolved into and continue to function as an independent narrative form.

The symposium, jointly organized by C/O Berlin and the Wüstenrot Foundation, discussed commonalities and differences between static and moving images, and looked particularly at their conflation within specific artistic practices on different levels, through film presentations, discussions, and lectures.

Tacita Dean (Berlin), Rineke Dijkstra (Amsterdam), Verena Jaekel (Berlin) and Gudrun Kemsa (Düsseldorf) introduced their work in screenings and lectures. In addition, Prof. Dr. Michael Diers (HU Berlin / HfG Hamburg) analyzed the relationship between static and moving images in his lecture “still/moving”. Prof. Dr. Klaus Sachs-Hombach (TU Chemnitz) delivered a lecture on photography in film and film in photography. Nicolaus Schafhausen (Brüssel) also took part in the final discussion.